Chelsea porcelain was made in Chelsea, England around 1750. One of the most famous pieces is the “Goat and Bee” milk jug designed by Nicholas Sprimont (1716-1771). He was born in Liège (present-day Belgium) and began working in London around 1742.
A major antique porcelain auction was recently held by Doyle in New York City and goat and bee jugs were sold. Each has been marked with the incised triangle and script mark used by the Chelsea Porcelain Factory and designed by Sprimont. Other examples of the jug can be seen in at least three museum collections. The jug has an irregular pear shape and is decorated with colorful flowers. A goat rests on one side of the base; another goat is on the other side. A large black bee with yellow wings sits on a flower. The jug is 4¼ inches high.
There are several fables and tales about two goats and a bee. They all start with the two goats trying to cross a ravine on a narrow bridge. In Aesop’s fables, the two goats try to cross a ravine on a narrow log. They were on either side of the ravine but had no room to pass. They were both too stubborn to let the other go so they crossed over, bumped into each other and both fell into the ravine. Moral of the story: Sometimes it’s better to give in than to persist.
Doyle’s auction goat and bee jug sold for $ 3,780.
Question: I recently bought two Fiestaware 6 inch button vases from a thrift store. One color is lapis and one color is burgundy. Both say these are limited editions. I paid $ 39.99 each. Was it a good price?
A: Fiestaware was introduced by Homer Laughlin China Co. of Newell, West Virginia, in 1936. It was redesigned in 1969, retired in 1973, and reissued in 1986 in various colors. It is still in the process of being manufactured. The button vase was part of the first set of pieces introduced in 1936. It was discontinued in the mid-1940s, so older Fiesta button vases are only found in the original six colors (red, cobalt, yellow, light green, old ivory and turquoise). They are still made today in new colors (lapis was introduced in 2013 and burgundy in 2016) and the original molds. Post-1986 vases look almost identical to their vintage counterparts. You didn’t get a good deal and maybe you overpaid $ 10 or $ 20. But they are pretty, so make the most of them!
Question: I still have some of my daughter’s Polly Pockets, which were popular in the 1990s. Are they collectible?
A: Polly Pockets were manufactured by British company Bluebird Toys starting in 1989. Polly Pocket toys were plastic cases that opened to form a dollhouse or other playsets for Polly Pocket dolls. The 1 inch tall dolls folded down the middle, like the briefcase, and had circular bases that fit into holes inside the briefcase. The dolls also came in the form of pendants or large rings. In the late 1990s, Mattel bought the company and redesigned a new, larger Polly Pocket. In 2002, Mattel stopped producing the smaller Polly Pockets, but continued to make the larger fashion doll. Polly Pocket toys made by Bluebird are collectable and often rare. The most valuable vintage Polly Pockets were released between 1989 and 1998.
Question: I am looking for information on a bottle opener in the shape of a black dog. The dog is standing in the tall, green grass. I think it’s cast metal. It is approximately 3 inches high and 5 inches long. The bottle opener is at the bottom. It is marked “Scott Prod. Inc., Newark, New Jersey ‘
A: Scott Products Corp. was founded in Newark, New Jersey, in 1948. It made hand-painted die-cast zinc figurines and bottle openers with equestrian, aquatic and canine themes. The company is no longer in activity. This Black Labrador Retriever bottle opener was part of the company’s Canine collection and was listed on the company’s website for $ 37 in 2008. In good condition, it sells for around twice as much today.
Question: Can you give me information on selling a stamp collection? I am 96 years old and no family member is interested in my stamp books. One is made up of all uncancelled stamps and the other is made up of almost all stamps issued from 1925 to the 1970s.
A: We are not experts in the value of stamps or coins. Stamps have been collected since the first postage stamps were issued in Great Britain in 1840. The first American postage stamps were issued in 1847. The value of a stamp collection depends on the rarity, the size. timeliness and condition of the stamps. Stamps must be mounted in albums using special hinges or stamp holders. Philately is a specialized field, and a large collection should be seen by an expert. Take your albums to a dealer who sells stamps or go to a stamp show. Ask for an opinion on the value of your collection, but be sure to ask if there is a fee for a notice. An unused US postage can still be used for postage.
Question: I would like to have information on a silver gravy boat and a subplate marked “silver on copper”. Above are three symbols. The first is a crown and the third is a shield, but I can’t see the one in the middle. Can you tell me the manufacturer? And how to clean them?
A: These marks were used by Sheridan Silver Co. of Taunton, Massachusetts. The middle symbol is the letter “S”. The company started as C&C Silver Co. in 1944 and was incorporated as Sheridan Silver Co. in 1946. It manufactured silver plated hollowware. You can clean the silver-plated coins in hot, soapy water. If they are tarnished, use silver polish to clean them. If there are stains that cannot be cleaned, the silver may have worn out. The only “remedy” is to have the pieces replaceable.
Point: Use your grandmother’s good food. Who do you keep them for?
On the block
Current prices are recorded from antique shows, flea markets, sales and auctions across the United States. Prices vary by location due to local economic conditions.
Blown glass sock, yellow amber, round top, tapered handle with sheared and ground end, American, 1840-1870, 6 inches, $ 60.
Sterling silver cheese plane, Acanthus pattern, slotted stainless steel blade, design by Johan Rohde 1915, Georg Jensen punch post-1944, 8½ inches, $ 140.
Cabinet, book stand, revolving, mahogany, carved, three graduated levels with slatted open sides, turned vase-shaped stand extending to flared tripod base, American, early 20th century, 44 x 17½ inches , $ 280.
Bronze door knocker, dragonfly shape, intricate textured detail along stem and wings, stamped with unidentified maker’s mark, mid to late 20th century, 7 x 7½ inches, $ 370.
Electric lamp, white marble base, cylinder on block, sharkskin tapered four-sided shade, Italy, circa 1950, 20 inches, $ 470.
Perfume bottle, cut glass, clear cut amethyst, tapered elongated shape, glass stopper, silver hinged cap and mounts, engraved roses, marked “Theodore B. Starr Sterling 18”, 4 inches, $ 565.
Native American pottery tray, San Ildefonso, black ceramic, black feather design, signed on base “Maria & Santana”, mid-20th century, 15¼ inches, $ 630.
Jade vase, three pinched graduated levels, figurative foo dogs and dragons carved with rings, wooden round base, Chinese, 14 x 10 inches, $ 750.
Jewelry, pin, lute-playing grasshopper, 18 karat gold, green, blue and brown enamel, ruby eyes, marked “k18” and “Italy”, mid-century, 2 inches by 1½ inches, $ 940.
Game board, Parcheesi, checkerboard back, wood panels, multicolored paint, silver leaf accents, hinges, half fold, 21 by 20¾ inches, $ 1,125.